Who is Brian Thompson?

I am a weekly humor columnist for the St. Augustine Record in Florida. I won second place in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ 2016 Column Contest (Humor category for newspapers under 50,000 circulation), and I’ve won seven Florida Press Club awards for commentary over the years.

My column is called “Life in a Nutshell,” and it also resides here at www.nutshellcity.com.

It’s about my life. My headaches. My family. My kid. My dog and my 100-year-old house.

It’s about the madness of life and all the oddities that come with it. It’s what goes right, and mainly what goes wrong. In a nutshell, it’s about universal stuff that anyone can relate to … and hopefully get a laugh out of along the way.

I’ve been writing “Life in a Nutshell” for well over a decade — maybe two! I’m a former journalist and editor, and have written for numerous publications over the years including Scholastic’s Parent and Child, Folio Weekly, Jacksonville Magazine, Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal, Rosebud, and Delicious Magazine. I’ve also done commentary on 89.9 FM WJCT, the NPR-affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla.

I’ve won a number of other journalism, magazine and research awards over the years, including in feature writing from the Florida Press Club for stories I did with The Record while reporting from Cuba in 2002.

In November of 2007, I was named Humor Writer of the Month by the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, and I’ve served as a judge for the Erma Bombeck Writing Contest.

I also work at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., where I’m the News and Information director, editor of Flagler College Magazine, advise the award-winning newspaper, The Gargoyle, and teach journalism and opinion writing. In 2009 I earned my master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, and my thesis on collegiate journalists won the 2009 Nordin Award for research from College Media Advisers.

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